BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!
by Christine Swerczek - May 31, 2016

This is something you're gonna wanna see! THE PRODUCERS, a Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan musical masterpiece of mayhem, has opened at the Omaha Community Playhouse. In typical Mel Brooks fashion, it sweeps you off into a tornadic whirlwind of slapstick, clever innuendos, and just plain foolishness. But even a piece as good as this would not be as funny as it's meant to be without the right cast and crew to pull it off. This bunch does. (more...)

Destination America to Premiere All-New Series GHOSTS OF SHEPHERDSTOWN, 6/12
by TV News Desk - May 31, 2016

The six-part television event GHOSTS OF SHEPHERDSTOWN premieres Sunday, June 12 at 10/9c on Destination America. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MAN WHO WOKE UP - American Premiere of Short Opera by British Composer Robin Haigh
by Keith Waits - May 31, 2016

American Premiere of Short Opera by British Composer Robin Haigh (more...)

BWW Interview: The World According to Sue Fink and Angel City Chorale
by Ellen Dostal - May 31, 2016

For 23 years, Angel City Chorale and Artistic Director Sue Fink have been bringing people together with their community-building world music concerts. Celebrating the spirit of diversity they make music in a wide variety of musical styles and for all people to enjoy. Up next for the illustrious group is Rhythm Planet, featuring the music of two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin and other world composers. These two family-friendly evenings (June 4 & 5 at 7pm) will feature 150 Voices in a grand collaboration that celebrates the Earth's rich cultures and beauty. I asked Sue to share her thoughts about working with Christopher Tin on Rhythm Planet and what is in store for audiences this weekend. (more...)

York Theatre Company To Release New Off-Broadway Recording of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), in association with Van Dean, Tony Heyes/Mia Moravis, Jose-Manuel Perez/Sister Productions and Jamie deRoy, announced today that the cast of the new Off-Broadway revival of the hit musical YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN will head into the studio to set down tracks for the new cast recording on Monday, June 13, 2016. Broadway Records will release the 2016 Off-Broadway cast recording, now available for pre-order at http://www.broadwayrecords.com and Amazon, and will be available on iTunes and other retailers on September 16, 2016. (more...)

Road to Opening Week 10: Cynthia Dale On Rehearsals for A Little Night Music
by Guest Blogger: Cynthia Dale - May 30, 2016

Listening to Franklin Brasz lead the orchestra, hearing the incredible Voices in the Quintet of Sean Arbuckle, Jen Rider-Shaw, Barbara Fulton, Stephen Patterson and Ayrin Mackie start off the show, I was especially aware of the joy in my tears. (more...)

Staged Reading of Robert Anderson's I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER Set for 6/26 at Teatro Paraguas
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

A widowed New York college professor, Gene, is in a long distance relationship with a woman in California. He wants to marry and move to California, where his girlfriend has her medical practice and is raising her children. Gene's mother is sympathetic although aware of the toll it could take on his father. Family tensions arise as his father disowned his sister for marrying a Jewish man. When his mother suddenly dies, Gene's plans are thrown into disarray. He has lived in the shadow of his towering father, who is expecting him to stay and watch over him. Gene must decide for himself if he'll stay to care for his father or finally move on with his life. (more...)

BWW Review: Sequins, Feathers And Fabulousness Aplenty At THAILAND LADYBOY SUPERSTARS
by Jade Kops - May 28, 2016

The iconic Thai drag and transgender cabaret comes to the Big top at Moore Park with THAILAND LADYBOY SUPERSTARS. (more...)

Jackob G. Hofmann's A PERSISTENT MEMORY Begins Tonight at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

?Mary J. Davis / MBL Productions will present the World Premiere of A Persistent Memory by Jackob G. Hofmann, directed by Jessi D. Hill.  A Persistent Memory will begin performances on Friday, May 27th and celebrate its opening night on Wednesday, June 1st running through June 19th, 2016 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $49.50 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling 212-239-6200. (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company Sets 2016-17 Workshop Series
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Mosaic Theater Company of DC announces the lineup for its new ticketed workshop series as part of its 2016-17 season. The new series expands the company's artistic reach in its second year, allowing audience members a chance to dive deeper into the issues introduced in the mainstage season, while supporting artists with the resources to nurture urgent new works. The series is part of the new Reva and David Logan Foundation Community Engagement Initiative. (more...)

Houston Symphony Adds Second FINAL FANTASY Concert to Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

The Houston Symphony announced today an additional performance of Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The second performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. the same day. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited & The Playroom Theatre to Host TRU Panel, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the June panel about career fludity, Finding a Happy Medium: Theater, Film, TV, New Media, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm.  For more details visit http://truonline.org/events/happy-medium/. (more...)

BWW Blog: Erin Kong - The Chance of a Lifetime: Singing with Kristin Chenoweth
by Guest Blogger: Erin Kong - May 27, 2016

Imagine: your childhood hero, the woman who coined one of your 8-year-old self's favorite songs, holding your hand in front of hundreds of people, the renowned Phoenix Symphony gushing in gorgeous melodies behind you. You are surrounded by your friends and classmates, and bowing in front of an ocean of applauding strangers. No, this is not a dream. This was very much reality. Last weekend I had the opportunity of performing backup vocals with fifteen of my classmates at Arizona State University, for Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.  (more...)

SHOWBIZ AFTER HOURS WITH FRANK DILELLA, Maria Schneider Orchestra & More Set for Birdland, Week of 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for June 6-12, featuring Maria Schnieder Orchestra, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Mari Koga Quintet, and more! (more...)

Paines Plough Reveals Line-up for COME TO WHERE I'M FROM: LONDON
by Marianka Swain - May 26, 2016

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today revealed the line-up for COME TO WHERE I'M FROM: LONDON, which will take place across six London venues from 27 June until 6 July. Partnering with new writing theatre company Tamasha, Paines Plough will present 26 writers from across London performing short plays about the place they call home. Tickets are on sale now at www.painesplough.com  (more...)

RealMassive Continues National Market Expansion
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

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Blue Note Hawaii Sets June Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

For Blue Note Hawaii, the state's premier venue for the world's most celebrated artists, June begins with one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in recent history, Christopher Cross, followed by a Reggae Meets Jazz series with Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express, contemporary jazz instrumentalist group Acoustic Alchemy and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton. June also brings a host of local talent including Adagio, Willie K, Paula Fuga, Darren Benitez, Hotclub of Hulaville, Rolando Sanchez, Little Albert and Jake Shimabukuro. Blue Note Hawaii also continues Gospel Brunch every Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. show time and doors opening at 11:00 a.m. (more...)

Official: CATS Finds Its Grizabella- Leona Lewis Will Play the Glamour Cat on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced today that chart-topping British pop star Leona Lewis will play the role of 'Grizabella,' the Glamour Cat, in the first-ever Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical, CATS. One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will return to Broadway this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) with preview performances beginning Thursday, July 14, 2016, and an official opening set for Sunday, July 31, 2016. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz & Jeanine Tesori to Lead Fundraiser Combating North Carolina's 'Bathroom Law'
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

On June 13th at The Cutting Room in New York City, over a dozen native North Carolina Broadway performers will join renowned composers Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori for Broadway Voices for NC: a concert and fundraiser aimed at combatting HB2, North Carolina's much publicized 'Bathroom Law.' The evening will feature an array of proud North Carolinians on a mission to celebrate tolerance and acceptance to prove that #WeAreNotThis. (more...)

New York City Dance Performance VOICES TRANSPOSED Addresses Refugee Crisis
by Marianka Swain - May 26, 2016

Voices TRANSPOSED: THE REFUGEE CRISIS, a benefit performance concert, is the collective response of 12 dance companies to the ongoing plight of displaced persons worldwide. Two nights of groundbreaking performances will raise awareness of the refugee humanitarian crisis, currently occurring in Syria and elsewhere, and raise charitable funds for USA for UNHCR and the Refugee Immigrant Fund (RIF). (more...)

The MAC Sets 2016 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, is pleased to announce the 2016 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series. Programming runs July 14-Aug. 26 and includes a Friday evening Pop Music Series, a Thursday evening Jazz Concert Series and Thursday evening Family Movie Series. Parking is always free. (more...)

The Flux Salon to Feature Reading of ENDS OF THE EARTH, 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

On June 7th at 7:00pm, Forward Flux Productions will present a reading of Lia Romeo's new dark comedy, "Ends of the Earth" at the XIV Flux Salon gathering in Seattle.  (more...)

IFC Announces New Unscripted Series THE VULTURE SHOW
by TV News Desk - May 26, 2016

The project, titled THE VULTURE SHOW, will deliver smart, irreverent and 'slightly off' entertainment news, covering TV, movies, music, art, books, theater and celebrities with the outlet's signature, sharp perspective. (more...)

PlayCo Executive Producer to Step Down
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

The Play Company (PlayCo)'s Founding Producer Kate Loewald announced today that fellow Executive Producer Lauren Weigel will step down from her position on June 30, 2016. The Play Company will begin the search for a new team member this week. Under Lauren Weigel's leadership as Executive Producer, PlayCo has become the only New York theater to regularly produce international contemporary plays alongside new American work. Weigel has been intrinsic in advancing PlayCo's unique commitment to premiering work from around the world to advance a dynamic, international experience of contemporary theater in New York. (more...)

Dave Coulier Coming to Comedy Works Landmark, 6/24-25
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Dave is perhaps best known as 'Joey' from the hit ABC television series, Full House. He can now be seen on Nick At Nite and co-starring in Fuller House on Netflix. (more...)

N'Kenge to Perform with the Baltimore Symphony, 6/2-5
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

N'Kenge, symphony siren and Broadway Diva (Motown: The Musical and Sondheim on Sondheim), is back with Master Pops conductor Jack Everly in "HairSpray : In Concert" at the Baltimore Symphony, Thursday-June 2,2016- 8pm at the Strathmore Theatre, Friday-June 3rd,2016-8pm at the Meyeroff Theatre, Saturday June 4th- 3pm and 8pm at the Meyerhoff, and Sunday-June 5th, 2016- 3pm at the Meyerhoff Hall.  (more...)

Terrence 'J' Jenkins to Host 2016 MISS USA on FOX; Backstreet Boys & More to Perform
by TV News Desk - May 26, 2016

This year's MISS USA® competition is a not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event, airing Sunday, June 5 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, which will conclude with Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan crowning her successor. (more...)

Alvin Ailey to Offer 'Ticket to Dance' Program in Conjunction with Lincoln Center Season
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

The world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center from June 8 - 19, and New Yorkers have a unique opportunity to join in the dance. The Ailey Extension announces the return of 'Ticket to Dance,' which allows audience members to try their first class FREE with a performance ticket (returning students receive a free class with the purchase of a 10-class card). (more...)

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra to Participate in NY PHIL BIENNIAL, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra - the only high school orchestra invited to participate in the NY PHIL BIENNIAL - makes its debut at the immersive new-music festival on June 5, with a program titled 'Young Americans.' This unique performance features music by composers only a generation older than the gifted young orchestral musicians themselves, with a program consisting entirely of world and New York premieres. The orchestra will be led by a perfect exemplar of the genre-defying trend in today's music: Los Angeles-based conductor Christopher Rountree, the founder, conductor and creative director of the path-breaking Los Angeles chamber orchestra 'wild Up,' which mixes elements of traditional classical music with new music, performance art, and pop. (more...)

Dark Comedy STORYWORKS: TERRA INCOGNITA Premieres at George Street Playhouse
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

An absurd, dark comedy about a New Jersey family who finds themselves suddenly dealing with an environmental cleanup in their backyard - literally - makes its debut at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., with a pair of 8pm performances June 3 and 4, with post-play discussions to follow each night. (more...)

Laurel Harris, Rob Marnell and More Join Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori for Concert in NYC to Fight HB2 Law, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

On June 13th at The Cutting Room in New York City, over a dozen native North Carolina Broadway performers will join renowned composers Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori for Broadway Voices for NC: a concert and fundraiser aimed at combatting HB2, North Carolina's much publicized 'Bathroom Law'. The evening will feature an array of proud North Carolinians on a mission to celebrate tolerance and acceptance, and prove that #WeAreNotThis.  (more...)

Open Road Films Acquires Animated Feature Film PLAYMOBIL Based on Iconic Toy Brand
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, today announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to the animated feature film PLAYMOBIL (more...)

BWW Review: Back to School with TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING and STONE SOUP at Playhouse Jr.
by Greg Kerestan - May 25, 2016

The acclaimed university's children's theatre double feature explores the wide variety of possibilities for family entertainment. (more...)

The Sol Project Launches in Partnership with Rattlestick, The Public & More
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Sol Project is a New York-based theater initiative, founded by Artistic Director Jacob G. Padron with a collective of actors, directors and producers, to help raise the visibility of Latina/o playwrights in the American Theater. (more...)

15th Annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival to be Held in June
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West, in association with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, presents the 15th Annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. (more...)

ZERO DOWN to Play Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Watch what happens when three complex individuals driven by different emotions collide. (more...)

Nashville Repertory Theatre Now Accepting Applications for 2016-17 Ingram New Works Lab
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Now through June 13, 2016, Nashville Repertory Theatre is accepting applications from playwrights for the 2016-17 Ingram New Works Lab. The Lab is one of three components of the Ingram New Works Project, the other two being the Ingram New Works Fellowship and the Ingram New Works Festival. The Project was launched by Nashville Rep in 2009 thanks to the generous support of Martha R. Ingram. (more...)

COCK Opens 6/16 at WHAT
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

 Called a "pugilistic, punch-drunk comedy" (DC Theatre Scene) and "A terrific comedy with an unprintable name" (New York Times), Mike Bartlett's Cock opens at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater June 16. The cast of Cock is Nicholas Carter, Lee Seymour, Madeleine Lambert and Christopher Chisholm, directed by Jeffry George.  (more...)

Christina Aguilera & More to Lend Voices to New Discovery Series HELLO WORLD
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

Discovery Channel announced a new family-friendly series from some of today's hottest recording artists; it was announced today by Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. (more...)

BWW Review: NUNSENSE Lets The Little Sisters Of Hoboken Loose On Unsuspecting Audiences
by Barry Lenny - May 24, 2016

Nunsense was a night out that had the audience laughing and applauding from start to finish. (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale For Justin Fletcher's Live Show at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 24, 2016

Tickets are now on sale for Justin Fletcher's self-penned show JUSTIN LIVE! at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Sunday 25th September 2016 at 10:45am and 1:45pm. Also known as Mr Tumble, Justin stars in the CBeebies smash hit shows Gigglebiz, Something Special, Jollywobbles, Higgledy House, Tikabilla, is a relief presenter and has also provided character Voices into Tweenies, Boo, Toddworld, Shaun the Sheep and many more. (more...)

HIP HOP HONORS Returns to VH1 This July to Celebrate First Ladies of Hip Hop
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

With hip hop dominating pop culture, VH1 today announced the triumphant return of 'HIP HOP HONORS' to celebrate the trailblazing first ladies of hip hop (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Welcome Sarah Jones Back for SELL/BUY/DATE
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Berkeley Rep announced today that Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) will return to the stage as a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant new show she has developed inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry. (more...)

Levar Burton, Whoopi Goldberg & More to Guest in Season 2 of Disney Jr's MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

Season two of Disney Junior's Emmy-nominated intergalactic animated series MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND premieres MONDAY, JUNE 20 on Disney Channel (9:00 a.m. EDT) and will be available on the Disney Junior App beginning Monday, June 13. (more...)

Annenberg Center Live Sets International Children's Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Each year, Annenberg Center Live takes young audiences places they can only imagine with its annual Children's Festival. This year is no exception. The 2016 Philadelphia International Children's Festival is set to run June 2-4. The Festival features circus arts, music, theatre and storytelling as well as lots of activities in the outdoor FUN ZONE. Tickets cost $10. Seating is general admission. Tickets are available online at AnnenbergCenter.org or by phone at 215.898.3900. The Annenberg Center is located at 3680 Walnut Street. (more...)

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Sets Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, its music director, Kent Nagano, and France Beaudoin, spokesperson for the OSM's summer programming, invite families and music lovers of all ages to celebrate classical music on the occasion of what has become an unmissable event of the summer season. (more...)

The Dessoff Choirs Names New Music Director
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The Dessoff Choirs today announces its appointment of Malcolm J. Merriweather as its ninth music director. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Trask & More Take Part in PUBLIC FORUM: THE SOUND THAT MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Last night, The Public Theater's Public Forum series presented PUBLIC FORUM: THE SOUND THAT MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND in Joe's Pub. This one-night-only reading and discussion of featured Hedwig and the Angry Inch's Stephen Trask, Gabriel Kahane (The Public's February House), and Joe's Pub favorite Toshi Reagon. Check out photos below! (more...)

THE BLACK BOX New England Artist Series to Welcome The Love Dogs, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

THE BLACK BOX New England Artist Series presents The Love Dogs, featuring rockin' rhythm and blues, on Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. With barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano, stinging Fender guitar, and a red-hot horn section of trombone and alto, tenor and baritone saxes, The Love Dogs also showcases a swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called "the best in the business" and a charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues Voices around. (more...)

DELIRIOUS Dances to Present TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN, 6/30-7/2
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

DELIRIOUS Dances presents To Begin The World Over Again, onThursday, June 30; Friday, July 1; and Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8pm at Gibney Dance's Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street). Tickets are $15 in advance at https://gibneydance.org/performance/pop/delirious-dances/ and $20 at the door. (more...)

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